Wednesday 25 May 2022
St Bede the Venerable; St Gregory VII; St Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
Acts 17:15, 22 – 18:1. Heaven and earth are filled with your glory – Psalm 148:1-2, 11-14. John 16:12-15.
The Spirit of truth will lead you to the complete truth
There is profound liberation to be experienced in the recognition that God is not ‘an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals.’ St Paul’s challenge to the people of Athens in today’s first reading seems to say, ‘You seem aware of God, are reaching for Him, but are confined by your own human expectations and so you limit Him.’ God became man, a human person, and dwelt with us. Because we can call Jesus ‘friend’, we can call God ‘friend’. But even as God has come to share our human experience, God will not be confined by our human expectations.
We encounter the mystery of this experience in today’s Gospel, where Jesus promises that after him will come the Spirit. God will remain imminent, available to us, a further act of self-revelation. Yet this will also be an expression of the transcendent, the full mystery of which lies beyond our immediate grasp.
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